Halliburton: Winning the Brown and Root Way

[…] disagreed with how he led the company.’ (2) Cheney was not hired for his management expertise, but for his political connections, which have always been central to Brown and Root/Halliburton’s success. The foundation of this success was Brown and Root’s close relationship with Lyndon Johnson over a period of forty years. That relationship blossomed […]

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Euro-bound? Or: the same river twice

I met Paul Routledge, the biographer of Gordon Brown, a couple of years ago. ‘Does Brown understand economics?’ I asked him. ‘Well, he reads lots of big books,’ said Routledge. ‘This is not the same thing.’ Of course I asked the wrong question. What I should have asked was: does Gordon Brown understand British […]

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A load of Balls

[…] it as the compliment he intended; and though there are no UFOs in this issue, here is a smidgeon of political economics. For years now Chancellor Gordon Brown has taken the credit for the UK’s low interest rates and low inflation. In his speech to the Labour Party conference on 27 September this year […]

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Out of the blue and into the black

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Into the Dark Johnston Brown Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 2006, £22.99, h/b   When Fred Holroyd first made his disclosures regarding the activities of SAS Captain Robert Nairac to Duncan Campbell of The New Statesman in 1984, they were credible because Holroyd was a loyal Army Intelligence Captain with absolutely no sympathies for IRA […]

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Gordon Brown

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[…] London: HarperCollins, 2004, £20, h/b   I heard Bower interviewed on Radio 4. He said that he had begun this book as something of an admirer of Brown but had changed his mind while writing it. Change his mind he certainly did: this is a serious assault on the man. Although there is little […]

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The Organising of Intellectual Consensus: The Congress for Cultural Freedom and Post-War US-European Relations (Part I)

[…] powerful symbol, successfully portrayed the US as the main threat to post-war stability in Europe and so achieved its aim. The counterevent planned by Offie and Irving Brown did not. French socialist David Rousset, at Brown’s request, set up an International Day of Resistance to Dictatorship and War. Hook and novelist James Farrell attended […]

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Jim Callaghan: the life and times of Solomon Binding

[…] to alter the economic and political outlook of the UK. Harold Wilson certainly appears to have arrived at very similar views on a number of topics. George Brown may have; some of his advisors at the Department of Economic Affairs in 1964-1966 certainly did. () I But James Callaghan, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1964-1967 […]

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Contamination, the Labour Party, nationalism and the Blairites

[…] for the development of policy on all issues to do with macro-economy, industrial strategy and public ownership.'(25) This group included John Edmonds of the GMB union, Gordon Brown, now Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the economist John Eatwell, who had become Neil Kinnock’s personal adviser on economics, and who attended ‘as an observer and […]

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The Labour Finance and Industry Group: a memoir

[…] his office did not impress in its handling of it), through the brief John Smith period to the Blair/Brown pact and the victory of Blair first over Brown and then over the Left of the Party in the Clause IV Campaign. It was no surprise to find prominent LFIG networked individuals emerge in the […]

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